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The Collectors Newsletter #475 November 2006

The Collectors Newsletter #475 November 2006

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1. Stories from our readers
2. Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
3. Your Classifieds
4. Lost and Found
5. News from the Kovels
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New On line Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors

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even bigger discounts during 5 major online sales.

Collectibles (smalls less than 100yrs old) - Started Sunday Nov 12
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Vintage Jewelry - Starts Sunday Dec 3
$25 or less sale - Starts Sunday Dec 10

This weeks sale features Collectibles ("smalls" that are less than 100
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Hurry though, this sale ends November 18th at midnight EDT.

This is a perfect time to get your Holiday shopping done and get
some amazing deals as well.

1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to newsletter@tias.com and we may publish it here . We want to
hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.

After reading your collecting stories I thought I would tell you about my
priceless collection. Well I started my collection at the ripe old age of 19.
While I would like to continue to add to my collection. My wife says NO
that we simply don't have the room. I have managed to gather 4 pieces.
All 4 pieces are unique in their own way. The oldest piece from my
collection is about to turn 16 and wants a car for her birthday. The next
in line is 8 and is a Cub Scout. After that comes the 3 year old whose
imagination seems endless. Then there is the youngest I have only had
her for about 1 and a half years but I love her just as much as the other
pieces in my collection. I know they aren't exactly antiques but they are
all priceless. And who knows maybe someday I will be able to convince
my wife that we need to add a few more pieces to our wonderful collection
i.e. family.Thanks, Pat

--Another Story--

I enjoyed your story about the wagon under the Christmas tree and the
kids thinking it was "for the neighbors," and I also had to laugh about the
cat and the wrapped doll under the Christmas tree. Both reminded me of
my own special Christmas in the late 60s.

I was seven years old, and I desperately wanted a BIG stuffed animal for
Christmas. I had seen them in all the department stores that year. I
didn't care what kind of animal I got, as long as it was BIG, but I did
have my eye on a beautiful gray elephant. She was very soft, with
eyelashes made of felt, and she was wearing a dark pink saddle blanket
which I thought was very exotic.

My mother bought the elephant, but my father thought it was too
expensive, so he bought me a big (but less expensive) lion instead. They
hid the elephant in the hall closet so that my mother could return it after

On Christmas morning, I was thrilled with my lion and so happy that I'd
gotten my BIG animal!

Like we did every year, we were planning to pack up later that day and
go out-of-town to visit relatives. After the presents were all opened, and
before my parents could stop me, I rushed to the hall closet where we
kept the suitcases. Of course, upon flinging open the door, I discovered
the elephant. I shrieked in excitement, "You got me the elephant, too!!"

Well, there was no way my parents could return the elephant after that,
and that Christmas I was the luckiest kid in the universe. I'm 44 now,
but I still have "Lionie" and "Sheba." Both have been well-loved and
well-worn, but they still remind me of that Christmas morning. Seeing
those two big animals makes the memory of that day even more special,
since my father died unexpectedly just a couple of years later. I cherish
those gifts and still see my father's love in those big fuzzy faces.
:-) Stephanie in Texas

--Another Story--

I've enjoyed the many stories of how collections got started, etc. I of
course have several different collections: boudoir dolls (the earlier ones),
rag dolls, doll patterns, etc. But, the one I hold dearest is probably worth
the least money wise. My grandmother was a seamstress and always
had a tin of lovely buttons. I would sit next to her for hours, stringing
them, sorting them, handling them. Now, when I sift through one of my
many containers of buttons, I feel peace steal over me, and it calms my
nerves as nothing else can on "one of those days".Hugs, Cindi H.

--Another Story--

If you are still using stories of how collections got started, I would like to
tell you about my son's. When his two daughters were small, every time
they would go on a trip or visit anyone in another city, they would bring
something home for their dad. The first thing they bought was a shot
glass. They were so young they didn't even know what it was for -- just
that it was little and cute. He was so enthusiastic in his thanks that they
started doing it each time. He began to get many, many shot glasses.
He didn't know what to do with them, so I got him a wall case to display
them. That encouraged the girls more. So more shot glasses! Other
family members started giving them to him also. He now has a very
large collection. The girls are now 21 and 16 and continue adding to the

As for me, I lost my home in a tornado in 1977, and swore I would never
collect anything again. It wasn't six months until I had started collecting
plates and bells. Laurel

--Another Story--

As most Grandmothers houses are, mine was always full of wonderful
things to look at and I never tired of looking.One of my favorite things was
her dining table and the tea pitcher she always had full of tea that sat on
it, I thought it was the most cleaver pitcher I had ever seen. It was
shaped as a pig. the tea was poured from it's mouth. When my granny
crossed over I inherited the table but the pig was nowhere to be found.I
had never seen another like it until one day my boy friend was given a
box of old dishes and inside was a pig pitcher.I asked for it and received
it. What memories that pig brought back. A few years later my
stepfather and mother were visitibng her home town and returned with
another pig pitcher for me.More years passed and my brother, Gale,
entered my home one day with the announcement that he had found
something that reminded him of me. It was a big fat, McCoy piggy bank.
Reminds you of me I! I certainly wasn't big and fat! No, He said you
collect pigs.Ok , from that day forward my pig collection thrived with my
brother contributing a good portion of them I have over 300 pigs with
very few duplicates. I once asked Gale why he didn't collect them
himself since he also seemed fond of them. His reply was his wife
wouldn't allow them in the house. I guess my pigs are kind of our pigs.
Yes I did eventually find that the pitchers are Shawnees' Smiley Pig.
Still my favorite. Rita R
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to newsletter@tias.com
Comments, thoughts? Write to us: newsletter@tias.com
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
your story to newsletter@tias.com

2) The Latest Antique News
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4) Lost and Found
We have a new email address for lost and found comments and requests!
Send them to -- LostAndFound@tias.com

We accept two types of Lost and found submissions for publication in this

1. You have a vintage item in hand and you are trying to find relatives of
the original owner(s). This could be an old photo album, baby book, diploma,
Family Bible, or other vintage items that can be linked to a specific person
or family.

2. You are looking for a fairly common vintage item that has deep personal
meaning for you or someone you know. I'm sorry, but we do not post
requests for "one of a kind items" that have been lost or stolen.

Remember to include as many details about the item(s) as you can. For
your story to run in this section, you must include your email address and
allow us to publish it. If this service helps you eventually track down the
relatives or find an item, please tell us about it in a follow-up story.
I hope you can help me. I have been looking for a Sweet Adeline Drinking
Glass. My parents had this glass when I was a kid some 40 odd years ago.
As you may already have suspected, one of my brothers broke the glass
many years ago. The glass had silk screen like pictures on it. There was
one of an old fashioned lady within a picture frame on it (only her head).
Then there was a barber shop quartet of men singing (only their heads).
And lastly, only the words - S W E E T A D E L I N E were musically
printed (floating) around the glass (there were no other words and the
words were not printed on top of a sheet of paper as seen in the peanut
butter glasses). Now I have seen the Vintage Song Glasses and Big Top
Peanut Butter Song Glasses on ebay. But they are not the one I am
looking for. Any help in locating this glass would be greatly appreciated. I
would like to present one, like it to my parents. Thank you in advance,
How about you? Do you have some special vintage item that is in need of
its owner or are you looking for a special item or person? Maybe we can
help. Send us info at LostAndFound@tias.com

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7) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous family stories and comments
that are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you would like to share,
please send it to newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
When I was three years old, I spent the summer at my uncle's farm on the
slopes of Mount Shasta. The first time I saw a cow being milked, I ran into
the house, screaming, "Make that man stop making the cow go potty in a
bucket!" Well, when I found out what I was expected to do with it, you can
imagine my reaction. No way would I drink THAT stuff! My folks had to buy
a milk bottle from a store so they could sneak milk into it and put it on the
table. I'm told that story made it into the Reader's Digest over 60 years ago.
Thanks for your newsletter, Terri W.
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to newsletter@tias.com and we may
publish it here.

8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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someone out?

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9) A Vintage Recipe
Pattiann requested a recipe for " Dill Pickles". Here are some responses.
If you have a variation of this recipes that you would like to share with our
readers, send them to us at recipes@tias.com
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
This may be the recipe for non-vinegar pickles. I faintly remember my mother
or aunt making them. This recipe is from my cherished and well-used 1937
Ball Blue Book of my mom's.I am going to type it out verbatim rather that
"modernize" it. Its self-explanatory anyway. Do not use over-ripe cukes.

Code: Cucumbers=raw/fresh/put in brine; Pickles=brined/cukes with

"Some housewives during the busy season prefer to brine their cucumbers
and make pickles later. Brined cucumbers will make pickles of higher quality.
Perfect brining or curing requires from 6-8 weeks. Brine for pickles is made by
adding a pint of clean coarse salt to 9 pints water(soft preferred; rain water can
be used if boiled and cooled)!
This is a 10% solution and should barely float a new laid egg. Do not wash
cucumbers unless necessary. If washed, dry them. Put cucumbers in brine
using a round board or plate with weight to keep them below surface. On the
following day put scant pint of salt on cover. At the end of each week, for 5
weeks, put 1/2 cup salt on cover. Skim off scum as it forms. Before making
pickles, cucumbers must be freshened by soaking in from 3-5 changes of
fresh water as most of the salt must be removed.

Cucumbers are now ready for pickling(or eating) as specified in the individual
recipes, but omit the brining and salting specified in the individual recipes when
using cucumbers prepared as above."

That's it. Its quite easy really, just time consuming. My mom and aunt used
crocks. I remember this process being done at room temperature. Sauerkraut
would be placed by the furnace but that was for fermenting. I really don't know
if fermenting is part of the process for cukes, as it would be for salt-rising bread.

Jackie - Seattle, WA

P.S. I have "brined" zucchini slices and green tomatoes using this salt brining.
It makes a crisp product if veggies are not over-ripe and cold water is used to
rinse out the salt....jackie

--Anoither Recipe--

This recipe for crock pickles is my favorite and makes wonderful dills. It does
have a bit of vinegar.


Full Sours
Layer in a crock:
Grape leaves
Mustard seed
Mixed pickling spices
Chili peppers
Garlic cloves
Add all of the cucumbers (3” to 5”)
Repeat the layer of spices. garlic, and, peppers ending with grape leaves.
Make sufficient brine to cover pickles:
3/4 c canning salt
1 gallon hot water, not boiled
1 cup cider vinegar
Add the salt to the hot water to dissolve. Stir in vinegar. Cool and pour over
pickles in crock. Make extra brine to fill an oven roasting bag or place a plate
on top and weight it. Let sit in a cool place until the pickles are well flavored
and an even color throughout about three weeks.. Skim scum if any develops.
To can :
½ c salt
¾ c cider vinegar
2 ½ quarts water

Drain pickles and rinse. Combine salt, vinegar, and water and bring to a boil.
Pack pickles in jars adding one dill head, ½ t pickling spice, and garlic as
desired. Cover with brine. Process in a simmering water bath for 10 minutes
for quarts.

If you want half-sours, harvest the pickles after about a week and a half and
store in the fridge. Dawn S. - PA

--Another recipe--

Dill Pickles without Vinegar
1. In the bottom of a clean quart canning jar place a good sized piece of dill,
a tbl. of canning salt, a tbl of pickling spices ( from the spice rack at the grocery) .
2. fill the jar by laying on its side and layering the pickles in it, but not over the
"neck" of the jar.
3. place a good sized piece of dill on the top of the pickles
4. fill the jar with water from the tap
5. tighten the lid , firmly
6. shake the jar several times to get the salt to disolve
7. set in a cool dark place for several weeks ( at least 8)
8 test the pickles , they get better, the longer they sit.
sincerely Joran O.
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10) A vintage recipe request from a reader
As with collectibles, people also have very strong feelings about foods
from their past. Sometimes these special recipes get lost. This section
is to help people who are looking for lost recipes from their past. If you
submit a request, please include the geographical region where
you had this recipe.
Love the newsletter and the recipe for Poor mans cake got me thinking.
My mother made cookies from left over mashed potatoes. She always
did this are Christmas time. I remember her saving the mashed potatoes
mixing them with I think powdered sugar rolling them into balls and dipping
them in chocolate. Now she is gone and so is the receipe can someone
help? MrSilky
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
recipes@tias.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
recipes@tias.com and we might just publish it here.
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